9781595580153

Economic Apartheid In America

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    9781595580153

  • ISBN10:

    1595580158

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-10-01
  • Publisher: New Pr

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Summary

This updated edition of the widely touted Economic Apartheid in America looks at the causes and manifestations of wealth disparities in the United States, examining the recent changes in income and wealth distribution as well as the economic policies and shifts in power that have fueled the growing divide.

Author Biography

Chuck Collins is a senior program developer at United for a Fair Economy, a senior fellow at Class Action, and the author of several books Felice Yeskel is the co-director of Class Action and a faculty member in the Social Justice Education Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Foreword ix
Juliet B. Schor
Introduction: Economic Boom for Whom?
The Amazing U.S. Economy?
1(3)
Warning: Entering New Global Economy---Proceed with Caution
4(2)
The Trends: Rising Tide, Sinking Boats
6(1)
We Can Build a Fairer Economy
7(2)
About the Book
9(5)
The Dangerous Consequences of Crowing Inequality
Pressures Facing Our Households
14(7)
Inequality and the Threat to Prosperity
21(2)
Inequality and Democracy
23(6)
Inequality and Public Health
29(2)
Social Polarization and the Withdrawal of the Haves
31(3)
You Are On Your Own: The New Individualism
34(2)
Gated Communities and Bigger Prisons
36(2)
The Picture: Growing Economic Insecurity and Inequality
The Inequality of Income and Wages
38(2)
Race, Gender, and Income
40(3)
The Gap between Highest and Average Wage-Earners
43(5)
The Inequality of Wealth
48(1)
What Is Wealth and Why Is It Important?
48(3)
The Concentration of Wealth
51(4)
The Myth of Who Owns Assets
55(1)
The Wealth-Holders
56(3)
Global Inequality
59(1)
The Champagne-Glass Global Distribution of Income
60(5)
The Causes of Inequality
Why Has Inequality Grown?
65(1)
The Power Shift
66(3)
Money Power in Our Democracy
69(2)
The Rise in Concentrated Corporate Power
71(7)
The Attack on Workers' Rights
78(6)
Decline in the Influence of the Civic Sector
84(2)
Decline in Independent Politics
86(1)
The Rules Governing the Economy
87(1)
Global Trade and Investment Policy
88(8)
Taxation
96(8)
The Restructuring of Work and the Breakdown in the Social Contract
104(6)
Regulation and Deregulation
110(2)
Federal Reserve and Monetary Policy
112(4)
Government Social Spending, the Safety Net, and Corporate Welfare
116(7)
The Culture of Greed vs. the Common Good
123(4)
Building a Fair Economy Movement
The Tradition of Taking Action to Reduce Inequality
127(3)
Movement-Building
130(2)
Stages of Social Movements
132(2)
Phase One: Cultural Preparation and Organization
134(1)
Phase Two: Building Public Support
135(1)
Phase Three: Consolidation
135(1)
Building a Movement Infrastructure
136(4)
Challenging the Mythology Underlying Inequality
140(1)
Understanding Class in U.S. Society
141(10)
Actions to Close the Economic Divide
Building a Real Democracy
151(1)
Building Workers' Power
151(7)
Removing the Influence of Big Money from Our Democracy
158(6)
Building Independent Politics
164(3)
Reining in Corporate Power
167(11)
Changing the Rules to Build a Fair Economy
178(1)
Global Trade and Investment Rules
178(10)
Reducing Wage Inequality
188(10)
Reducing the Asset and Wealth Gap
198(5)
Fair Taxation
203(8)
Fighting Corporate Welfare
211(4)
Reforming Monetary Policy and the Federal Reserve
215(2)
Alternatives for a Fair Economy
217(6)
Conclusion 223(2)
Appendix We Are United for a Fair Economy and Class Action 225(2)
Further Reading 227(3)
Notes 230(13)
Index 243

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